Review: Overview are without a doubt one of the biggest success stories of recent years and 2020 has proved to be their biggest yet, with a slew of fantastic releases across their roster of artists. Pretty much that entire crew is represented here and the tracks cover their 2 year history, from early tunes like breakout hit 'Around Me' to brand spanking new cuts like 'Framed' by Klinical and Waeys. Waeys has been an important part of the Overview story and his tune 'Who You Are' with Hadley was one of the first steps in that journey, a ridiculously dirty techy roller with an infectious bounce and a progression that will certainly get your gurn on. A spectacular album.
Review: It's been a brief minute since we last took in a brand new release from the legendary Truth trio, who we are pleased to see returning to their home imprint of Deep Dark & Dangerous for a lively five track expanse. We begin with the title track 'Neptune', a jittering collection of delicate synths and punchy kick patterns, glued together with an array of glittering reese tones. Next, 'Psychological' sees Lelijveld get involved with some stunning vocal additions, giving us some incredible soundscaping mastery before the grizzly atmospherics and glitchy manoeuvres of 'Lost' take us somewhere completely different. From here, 'Shrouds' supplies us with a much more aquatic sounding creation, linking crunchy percussion with volatile bass tones, before we round off with 'Earthlings', a big synth system-buster, stuffed with hypnotic energy and terrifying horn stabs to see us out in style!
Review: With house parties most likely to be a big deal for the rest of the year stay safe and quarantined with this 2020 Couch-Out Compilation from Dirtybird! With touches of light fidget house making their way into the sleaze of Nick Siarom's "Living My Life" to heavier, gurgles of dub by Dutch Dannis, this year's Couch-Out Compilation arrives in conjunction with Dirtybird TV's recent virtual festival. For some harder drum tracks look to Mitch Dodge's "Body Breaks" - a track full of that stripped backed Dirty Bird sound - next to some more minimal and melodic Berliner tips from Robot Love's "What I Lived For". Dive deep into the rabbit hole with Sam Shelby's tripped out "Popo", the nostalgic rave and deep house of VNSSA, to some breakbeat, dub tinged and broken treats from Claude VonStroke & Mike Kerrigan. Detroit in the building.
Review: Squish: Ill Truth and Defex team up for four diesel-burning thumpers on Ulterior Motive's ever-essential Guidance imprint. We kick off with the title track that catches you like a rabbit in the headlights before flattening you with bass. "Da Da" sees Ill Truth go it alone for a gritty bassline headbutt while the gang re-collide for "Long Out", a spine crushing roller that spits feathers everywhere. Finally we have "Digital Style" a piece that flings you 30 meters down the road before you get to kiss its low profile, bruisey woozy bassline tyres. That's the badger!
Review: Truth is on Deep, Dark and Dangerous for an EP that's, well, deep, dark and dangerous. That doesn't quite do the range of sounds and styles on this release full justice, however, as Truth stretches his legs across shuddering halftime, funky jungle and fluid rollers. 'Eyes On Me' is especially delectable, as a haunting vocal sample shimmers up into full view and perches above a juke-influenced, stepping halftime beat that strides out across the full track. 'Heartbreak' is a faster, heavier number that lends some heft to the release, whilst 'Pass Me By' is a lovely, soulful liquid number. This is one for the heads.
Review: DLR's Sofa Sound label has become a pillar of the scene in barely a handful of years, and this week they're following up their previously successful Sofa King Sick compilation with a second edition, this one equally packed to the rafters with both new and old school talent. It's a tour-de-force of the tough side of the genre and it's exemplified by 'Baja', courtesy of Scepticz, a Belgian producer who knows his way around the controls and who proves it once more, as jagged synth lines cut across its snapping, two-step arrangement with all the force and subtlety of an underground train. Kodin makes an appearance on the superbly gruff 'Chronic', whilst The Sauce get deeper than usual on 'Ultrasonic'. Quintessential drum & bass that makes for essential listening.